Chris Paul: Rockets need max contract to re-sign CP3

The Houston Rockets in a tough position, given the 33-year-old Paul, has missed 45 games over the last two regular seasons.

Kahron Spearman

Chris Paul isn't taking any shorts. 


On ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast, the insider said Paul is highly unlikely to take anything less than the full max allowable. He also noted that the Rockets understood that in trading for Paul from the Clippers, a max deal would be on the table (as a wink-wink deal, as any confirmation of such an agreement is illegal with league rules.)


In his inaugural season with the Rockets, Paul averaged 18.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game. In the playoffs, he was even better, averaging  21.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.0 steals per contest.

When the Rockets made that deal for Chris Paul, knowing they would re-sign him [once he hit free agency], they made a conscious decision that they were gonna have to live with [paying him] $46, $47 million-a-year salary when he's not nearly the player anymore in his late 30s, but, 'We're gonna make a run at it now; we wanna win a championship now. We'll deal with it [Paul's contract] later. We'll see how that plays out in their contract talks [with Paul] here in free agency. Chris Paul didn't turn down $200 million from the Clippers because he thought that somehow the Rockets were gonna talk him into saving them luxury-tax money. I don't imagine it playing out that way.

Adrian Wojnarowski
ESPN NBA reporter

The Rockets have said resigning Paul is a priority. However, the point guard was limited to 58 games during the regular season, and he missed the final two games of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors with a hamstring injury.


Houston lost both of those contests and the series, after taking a 3-2 lead.


Paul also missed 21 regular-season games in 2016-17 as well, which makes giving him a five-year max incredibly risky.